McCarthy on ‘moving forward'

The coach provides and in-depth look at the focus of the 2008 Packers.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy was probed during his Saturday news conference on what he meant by the team moving forward without iconic quarterback Brett Favre.

While not going that far, McCarthy seemed to hint the Packers will have a more team-oriented approach rather than trying to satisfy the needs of the gunslinging passer. Defense will be the key.

Here's McCarthy's two-plus-minute take:

"Moving forward as a football team is really the identity of the whole football team. Brett Favre has had an incredible football career. He's been the focal point of the Green Bay Packers and the face of the Green Bay Packers. Obviously, I've participated in that the last two years in how you approach football games and the ability to have the quarterback go out and win that game week in and week out. That's a tough task. There's no doubt about it.

"But the football team has moved forward with the emphasis on defense. Because that's what I believe in, and that's the philosophy as we move forward will be. Defense will be our starting point. That will be the common thread that runs through the football team. This is nothing new as far as our approach, but we've always had the veteran quarterback there, so I look for our defense to do bigger things. The individuals on that defense to step forward. That carries forward right into the special teams. To me, I feel they're connected. The style of play and the type of players we have on both the defense and the special teams.

"The third part is the offense, (and) the ability on offense to score points, whether you have to run it 50 times or pass it 50 times. We've been able to work our way to that as a football team. That's the part that I'm trying to say, ‘We've moved forward as a football team.' It has nothing to do with who's playing. That's what, in my view, philosophy-wise, is what it's supposed to look like."

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